2. ... and Germany's current answer
Experts say a new labor agreement granting German metals and electrical workers the right to a 28-hour week marks a generational shift in how people balance their professional and outside lives.
What's happening: Yesterday's accord means 900,000 members of the IG Metall industrial union can take lower pay for working 28 hours a week, and later return to full time at 35 hours if they so choose. They can do anything with their extra time, including work at something else, hang out with their spouse, or care for elderly parents.
Why it matters: "IG Metall’s agreements tend to be seen as benchmarks for the whole of German industry, and it is now expected to be rolled out in other sectors," writes the FTs Guy Chazan.
But but but: Do not look for such concessions to reach the U.S. any time soon, suggests Sharon Block, who runs the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. "It shows a growing divide between what is going on here and the rest of the industrialized world," she tells Axios.
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